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Northern Ireland property deals spark strong year for law firms

By John Mulgrew

Published 16/09/2016

Caron McDowell managing partner Michael Johnston
Caron McDowell managing partner Michael Johnston

Northern Ireland's law firms have had a strong year, boosted by the sale of distressed loans and property.

Our top law companies were recognised for their work in this year's Legal 500 list.

It noted a rise in mergers and acquisitions, partly driven by legacy deals.

The overall value of deals in across the region increased throughout 2015, while the number of deals fell.

The report said that the standout firms included Tughans, Cleaver Fulton Rankin, Carson McDowell, A&L Goodbody and Arthur Cox Belfast.

Michael Johnston, managing partner at Carson McDowell, said: "We have been recognised as a top-tier firm for our work in the technology, media and telecoms sector, both for intellectual property and IT and telecoms."

Arthur Cox managing partner Catriona Gibson added: "This is a first-class set of results for Arthur Cox in Northern Ireland, which demonstrates the depth and breadth of our work."

Karen Blair, managing director of Cleaver Fulton Rankin, also welcomed the news.

"These results confirm for us that Cleaver Fulton Rankin is a firm with industry-leading expertise," she said.

"Several clients have complimented us on our commercial and business acumen when dealing with their legal matters."

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